Civil society at the crossroads

  • 1999-12-02
  • By Tricia Cornell
Estonia's business sector is the darling of the international media. Estonia's government is the European Union's star pupil. But what about the third sector, the non-governmental, non-profit sector? Tricia Cornell explores. Merle Helbe has a stack of papers on her desk about an inch thick. Each paper – 108 of them as of today with new ones coming in all the time – represents a person willing to donate spare time or lend a hand. As the director and sole employee of the Estonian Volunteer Center, Helbe's job is to hook these volunteers up with organizations which need their help. Her biggest...
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